Public Library moves to curbside service only Nov. 13

Nov. 12, 2020—The Georgetown Public Library will begin offering curbside pickup of reserved materials; the building will be closed to the public starting Friday, Nov. 13. The shift to curbside-only service follows the announcement yesterday from the Williamson County and Cities Health District that the County has moved into the orange phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, characterized by high spread of the disease in the community.

Hours for curbside pickup service at the Library are 10 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 W. Eighth St.

Books, DVDs, and other library materials can be requested for curbside pickup via the Public Library catalog website at catalog.georgetown.org. Items and previously reserved craft kits can be picked up in the Ninth Street parking lot. Patrons should have a mobile phone, park in a designated spot, and follow the instructions on the sign at the parking stall. Materials will be brought to their vehicle by Library staff.

Returned materials are being accepted in the drive-through book return slot in the Ninth Street parking lot. The Library does not charge fines for overdue items. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

For additional information or questions, visit the Library website at library.georgetown.org or call 512-930-3551.

Visitor Center and other City facilities open

Updated, Nov. 13, 2020–The Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh St. and other City facilities–except the Library–will remain open. At the Visitor Center, lower limits on the number of people allowed in the public area will be enacted to increase safety. Occupancy limits remain in effect in other City facilities and masks are required to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Visitor information can be found at VisitGeorgetown.com or by following Visit Georgetown on instagram.com/visitgeorgetowntx, twitter.com/visitgeorgetown, or facebook.com/VisitGeorgetownTX. Visitor Center staff are also available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday for tourism information by phone at 512-930-3545 or by email at cvb@georgetown.org.

Resident survey open through Dec. 6

What are your top priorities for the City of Georgetown?

How would you rate our City parks, library, police, fire/EMS, and other City services?

Here is your chance to tell us.

Take the open online resident survey at georgetown.org/2020opensurvey. The survey is open to all Georgetown residents through Dec. 6. Your answers are anonymous.

The online open survey, as well as a mailed survey sent to a random sample of residents, is conducted by Texas State University for the City of Georgetown. The resident survey happens every two years.

Results from the survey inform future city budgets, capital improvement projects, plans, and new programs.

Blood Drive at Recreation Center Nov. 13

The City of Georgetown will host a Blood Drive Nov. 13 for We Are Blood, the nonprofit community blood supplier for Central Texas. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue.

Appointments are required for blood donors and can be scheduled through the We Are Blood website or by calling at 512-206-1242. Donors should bring a government-issued photo ID and must wear a mask in the Recreation Center. Staff at the event will screen for COVID-19 with donors and will follow safe practices such as cleaning surfaces after each donor. Those who are donating should have a meal 2-3 hours prior to donating.

We Are Blood will conduct COVID-19 antibody testing on all donations.

For eligibility questions, assistance signing up, or more information, call We Are Blood at 512-206-1242 or visit their website at WeAreBlood.org.

I-35 mainlanes close overnight for bridge work Nov. 8-12

The I-35 mainlanes north of Williams Drive in Georgetown will close nightly Nov. 8-12 as crews construct the new Northwest Boulevard bridge. Lane closures each night will start at 9 p.m. and lanes will reopen to traffic the next morning at 5 a.m. All work is weather permitting.

On Sunday and Monday nights, Nov. 8-9, two northbound I-35 mainlanes will close to traffic.

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Nov. 10-11, all southbound I-35 mainlanes will be closed. Southbound traffic will be diverted to the frontage road at the Williams Drive exit.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the right lane on the southbound frontage road will be closed.

Road signs have been placed to alert drivers of the closures. Please use extra caution when traveling through the area.

The Northwest Boulevard bridge will be a new east-west connection spanning I-35 and an alternative to Williams Drive. The project connects Rivery Boulevard to the west and FM 971 to the east and is scheduled to be complete in early 2021.

Runoff election for District 2 council seat Dec. 15

Since no candidate received 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 3 in the District 2 Georgetown City Council race, there will be a runoff election for the two candidates with the most votes.

The runoff with Shawn Hood and Lisa King will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The early voting period will be Dec. 3-11. Polling locations and times will be announced after they are determined.

In other Georgetown races on Tuesday, Josh Schroeder won the election for mayor and Rachel Jonrowe was reelected to District 6 on the council. Votes will be canvassed and new council members will be sworn in at a special City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Voter turnout in Williamson County in the Nov. 3 election was 75 percent.

Fire Stations 6 and 7 to help emergency response

The City has completed construction on two new fire stations to serve growing areas of our city and emergency response area. Fire Station 6 on Williams Drive at FM 3405 will serve the far west side of our city, while Fire Station 7 on University Avenue at NE Inner Loop will serve the east side of town.

City of Georgetown officials and members of the Georgetown Fire Department gathered at Fire Station 7 yesterday to mark the completion of the new station. Fire Station 7 on the east side of the city will be staffed with an engine company and a medic unit when it opens next spring.

Fire Station 7 has three truck bays with living quarters for 11 and will initially be staffed with a combination of 6 firefighters and medics. The construction cost for the 13,000-square-foot station was $6.3 million. The station was developed in partnership with Emergency Services District 8.

“The completion of Fire Station 7 ensures a high level of fire and medical response as we continue to experience growth in east Georgetown,” said District 7 City Council Member Tommy Gonzalez. “The station is a quality facility that fits in well on University Avenue and supports the men and women of our Fire Department.”

Fire Station 6 on the west side began operating last month with an engine company and a medic unit. It has three truck bays and living quarters for up to 6 personnel, and will initially be staffed with a combination of 4 firefighters and medics. The construction cost for the 12,000-square-foot station was $5.5 million. As with Station 7, a cost-sharing agreement between the City and ESD 8 helps to fund the station.

“These two new fire stations will allow for improved emergency response on the northwest and east sides of our city, which are two of the fastest-growing areas in our town,” said City Manager David Morgan. “We greatly value our partnership with ESD 8 that enables us to make these critical investments to serve our fire and medical response service area.”

The Georgetown Fire/Medical Department encourages homeowners living within five miles of one of the new fire stations to contact the Insurance Service Office for a review of your insurance policy.  To learn more on ISO ratings, go to fire.georgetown.org/iso-ratings.

Election results: Mayor, District 2, and District 6 races

The Williamson County Elections office results in the Nov. 3  City of Georgetown election. Final unofficial Election Day results including Early Voting with 57 of 57 polling locations reporting:

Race Candidate Votes Percent
Mayor Larry Brundidge 2,938 9.56
Jonathan Dade 7,980 25.96
Josh Schroeder 19,816 64.48
District 2 Shawn Hood 1,668 41.27
Lisa King 1,890 46.76
Jason Wirth 484 11.97
District 6 Rachael Jonrowe 1,229 62.64
Michael Walton 733 37.36

To see complete Nov. 3, 2020, election results, go to wilco.org/elections.

Votes will be canvassed at a special City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. During that meeting, the newly-elected mayor and city council members will be sworn in.

Since no candidate received 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 3 in the District 2 Georgetown City Council race, there will be a runoff election for the two candidates with the most votes.

The runoff with Shawn Hood and Lisa King will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The early voting period will be Dec. 3-11. Polling locations and times will be announced after they are determined.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Early voting ended on Oct. 30.

Polling places and polling place wait times on Election Day are listed at wilco.org/elections. Voter ID information can be found at wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voting-in-Person. Masks are strongly encouraged at polling places for the safety of others, but not required per recent legal action.

Rides on GoGeo buses are free on Election Day, Nov. 3. The GoGeo 472 Purple route has a stop near the Election Day polling location at the Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th Street.

A voter with a photo ID may hand-deliver their own mail ballot to the County Elections office on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no drop box for mail ballots in Williamson County. If you have a mail ballot, but change your mind and want to vote in-person, you can surrender your mail ballot at a polling site and will be given an in-person ballot.

The municipal election for the City of Georgetown includes candidates for mayor and the District 2 and District 6 city council seats.

Last day of early voting Oct. 30

The last day of early in-person voting for the November election is Friday, Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through early voting and on Election Day.

Polling places and polling place wait times for the early in-person voting period and on Election Day are listed at wilco.org/elections. Voter ID information can be found at wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voting-in-Person.

A voter may hand-deliver their own mail ballot to the County Elections office only during business hours with a photo ID. There is no drop box for mail ballots in Williamson County. If you have a mail ballot, but change your mind and want to vote in-person, you can surrender your mail ballot at a polling site and will be given an in-person ballot.

The municipal election for the City of Georgetown includes candidates for mayor and the District 2 and District 6 city council seats.